IMPORTANT NOTE - COVID 19
OUR DANCE CLASSES WILL CONTINUE ONLINE VIA ZOOM
DanceXchange is a renowned dance studio, established in the 1980's, in Johannesburg, that not only offers top quality syllabus training, but also open dance classes which are fun and healthy dance experiences for kids and adults of all ages.
WHAT WE DO
This style uses modern dance and ballet techniques with intensified attack focus and timing. A blend of twists, tensions, spirals and balletic elongated lines are introduced. Ground work is often utilized and turn in of the legs. Dancers often perform in bare feet. Contemporary dance is based on the study of the human body and body/mind inter-relationships. The movements are expressive.
The exploration of contemporary dance was pioneered by the famous Martha Grahame and George Balanchine in the 20th century.
Jazz dance is comprised of many styles. It originated from the African Americans and then evolved on Broadway into the styles taught today. Jazz Dance was popularized by choreographers such as Bob Fossé in Chicago and Caberet. Jazz dance has also been influenced by other dance forms such as acro, ballet, lyrical and hip hop.
Strong technique is essential to enable the dancer to focus on the style and so that leaps and turns can be properly executed. Strong sharp movements are required. A strong core is essential to enable to dancer to maintain control while executing powerful movements.
Tap Dance was developed in the USA in the 19th century. The name comes from the tapping sound made by metal plates underneath the shoes. Tap dance has most often been recognized for its happy, carefree method of expression. Tap is an art form that can be seen and heard. It is basically mathematical, just as music is.
All people have a natural rhythm. The simplest of body functions (heart beat, walking, breathing) occur in rhythm. The tap dancer must develop a further awareness or “sense of rhythm”. An essential part of tap dance is to learn basic music as the tap dancer must also be a percussive musician since he creates sound.
RAD Ballet is recognized around the world and offers a platform for a wide range of exams/ assessments to students of all ages. Ballet focuses on building creativity, fitness, musicality and to develop one's own artistry and therefore gives our students the opportunity to progress and achieve.
In our classes, students learn the fundamentals of classical ballet, gain an understanding of its physicality, discipline and generally learn how to control their bodies.
URBAN HIP HOP
Hip Hop is highly energetic. It does not require a ballet technique. In this style the dancer requires great rhythm, vibe, energy and attitude. Hip Hop evolved from a number of cultures and is very popular amongst the youth.